POSTED: 07:23 a.m. HST, Apr 11, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 07:49 a.m. HST, Apr 11, 2011
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. >> Some students at New Jersey's largest university believe Bruce Springsteen is their salvation.
They have started a Facebook campaign called "Let's Bring the Boss to Rutgers!" to counteract fallout from a recent appearance by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi.
The Rutgers University Programming Association paid the "Jersey Shore" reality TV star $32,000 to answer questions. That's $2,000 more than Rutgers will pay Nobel-winning novelist Toni Morrison to deliver the commencement address.
Freshman Daniel Oliveto and junior Paul Tranquilli are spearheading the effort. Oliveto tells the Asbury Park Press Polizzi's message to "study hard, but party harder," was offensive.
The students hope Springsteen would either perform or have a question-and-answer session similar to the sitdown Snooki gave last month.
Springsteen's publicist has not replied to a request for a response.